Argentina is one of the most picturesque countries on earth. Tourists travel from far and wide to catch a glimpse of any number of famous Argentina landmarks. You could visit Argentina ten times and still not see all it has to offer. Patagonia alone is home to a stunning range of natural wonders, from its hiking trails to glaciers. For first-time visitors to Argentina, it can be hard to know where to start. This quick guide to the top Argentina landmarks will tell you all you need to know and help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
3 unmissable Argentina landmarks
There are a seemingly endless number of Argentina landmarks waiting to be discovered. In a perfect world, you’d be able to see them all – and good luck to those that try. Most of us can only dream of visiting Argentina for a short vacation, however. We’ve got to be pragmatic about the landmarks that we seek out. Here are three that you won’t want to miss.
1. Iguazu Falls
As far as Argentina landmarks go, there may be nothing quite like Iguazu Falls. Above and beyond Argentina, this is a must-see by global standards. Iguazu Falls are the world’s largest waterfalls, located in a national park that spans both Argentina and Brazil. It’s difficult to express just how stunning the view is here and the sheer scale of the waterfalls. The place really has to be seen to be believed. Once you’ve had enough of the rapid waterfall action, you’ll find plenty of jungle waiting to be explored.
Iguazu Falls can be reached from either Argentina or Brazil, and there are three airports close by. Many visitors combine a visit here with a city break in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, though there’s plenty to do on the Argentinian side as well.
2. Nahuel Huapi Lake
We might as well consider the entire Argentina Lake District here, but Nahuel Huapi is a particular favourite. The Patagonia lakes cover Argentina and Chile, and the district as a whole is a must-see Argentina landmark. Nahuel Huapi Lake covers a surface area of some 530 square kilometres and reaches 464 metres at its deepest point. The lake attracts tourists for any number of reasons:
- It’s a kayaking hotspot and is located in close proximity to other similarly suitable lakes. Be careful, though: The crystal clear waters here can reach freezing cold temperatures, and the risk of hypothermia is ever present.
- The lake is located inland, yet is home to a number of exclusively marine birds. The kelp gull and blue-eyed cormorant can be found here, and otherwise only at sea. Birdwatchers can’t get enough.
- Fishing and angling are encouraged, and the lake is home to a range of trout species that have been introduced for that very purpose. Brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout all swim these waters.
No list of Argentina landmarks would be complete without a quick nod to its tallest mountain. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the southern and western hemispheres, standing a whopping 6,961 metres tall. Quite literally, it’s the high point of the Andes mountain range. The mountain lies entirely within Argentinian territory, some 15 kilometres from the border with Chile. Hikers and sightseers alike will not want to miss a trip to Aconcagua, so remember the name.